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Visual technique / style: Live-action cutscenes

Group Description

The technological advancements of CD-ROM media and real-time decompression allowed games in the late 1980s and early 1990s to use full motion video, primarily for cutscenes. In an attempt to make games more film-like, these cutscenes soon went beyond traditional animation or CGI rendering techniques and used traditional live-action film making, with real actors, props and sets. Widespread throughout the 1990s, this style of cinematics has now been all but abandoned, with a few notable exceptions like entries in Electronic Arts' Command & Conquer series.

This group collects games with such live-action elements. Note that the live-action footage need not always be a gameplay element, i.e. not all games in this group are necessarily "Interactive Movies".

Limitations:
  • The live-action footage must have been acquired through traditional film making techniques, using video or film cameras shooting at common frame rates like 24, 25 or 30 frames a second. The footage must also be shown within the game at similar film-like frame rates. Thus, games that feature digitized images of actors that are later animated are not to be included (example: Mortal Kombat);

  • The games must feature original footage. Sometimes, movie-based games contain scenes from the movie they are licensed from. These games are not to be included unless the footage, while shot during a motion picture shoot, was specifically intended for game usage (example: Enter the Matrix).

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Game TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
In the 1st Degree1995Macintosh, Windows 3.xBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.37
Resident Evil1996PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, WindowsCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.93
Fox Hunt1996PlayStation, Windows 3.xCapcom Entertainment, Inc.3.56
Zorro1995DOSCapstone Software3.07
Ibiza Babewatch2001WindowsCDV Software Entertainment AG4.00
Alan Wake2012WindowsNordic Games GmbH3.98
Off-World Interceptor19943DO, PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.4.17
The Horde19943DO, DOS, FM Towns, PC-98, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.80
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Noir: A Shadowy Thriller1996Windows 3.xCyberdreams, Inc.3.06
Gamera 20001997PlayStationDatei Digital Entertainment...
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996WindowsDreamWorks Interactive L.L.C.3.43
A Fork in the Tale1997WindowsAny River Entertainment2.89
Corpse Killer19943DO, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnDigital Pictures, Inc.3.40
Night Trap19923DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.3.30
Supreme Warrior19943DO, DOS, Macintosh, SEGA 32X, SEGA CD, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.3.83
Kids on Site1994DOS, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc....
Slam City with Scottie Pippen1994DOS, SEGA 32X, SEGA CDDigital Pictures, Inc.1.14
Double Switch1993Macintosh, SEGA CD, SEGA Saturn, WindowsDigital Pictures, Inc.2.81
All Star Strip Poker: Girls at Work2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing1.58
All Star Strip Poker2006WindowsDigital Red Publishing...
Connections1995Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xDiscovery Channel Multimedia3.40
Byzantine: The Betrayal1997WindowsDiscovery Communications, Inc.3.31
Soldier Boyz1997WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.0.86
Schizm: Mysterious Journey2001WindowsDreamCatcher Interactive Inc.3.24
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Selected Covers

In the 1st Degree Windows 3.x Front Cover
Front cover for In the 1st Degree
Corpse Killer SEGA 32X Front Cover
Front cover for Corpse Killer
Kids on Site DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Kids on Site
Ibiza Babewatch Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ibiza Babewatch

Selected Screenshots

Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from In the 1st Degree
Title Screen
Screenshot from Corpse Killer
Title screen
Screenshot from Kids on Site
Title and Main Menu featuring Chessie Moon (in Russian)
Screenshot from Ibiza Babewatch